Skip to comments.Russia to ban US from using Space Station over Ukraine sanctions
Posted on 05/14/2014 6:22:32 AM PDT by shove_it
In retaliation for imposing sanctions, Russia will also bar its rocket engines from launching US military satellites
Russia is to deny the US future use of the International Space Station beyond 2020 and will also bar its rocket engines from launching US military satellites as it hits back at American sanctions imposed over Ukraine crisis. Russias deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced a series of punitive measures on Tuesday against the US in response to sanctions imposed after Russia annexed Crimea...
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Thank you Obama... For turning the U.S. into a third world nation.
Serves us right for trusting Russia to begin with. Also serves us right for electing a guy who simultaneously neuter sour armed forces and cuts NASA.
Perhaps a few rounds of singing “Kumbaya” will smooth over these hurt feelings. Fortunately, our brilliant boy-prez and his courageous Sec. of State will be able to reason with Vladimer Putin.
Good luck to our astronauts on that space station.
They can certainly quit giving US astronauts rides on their rockets, but the International Space Station is like 75% US made, so I’m not sure where they have the ability to ban the US from using it once Elon Musk’s Dragon capsules are fully operational. FWIW, NASA has the ability to drop the ISS into the Pacific Ocean any time they want to.
Well, actually GW shut down the shuttle program. But the lyin’ king sure didn’t help with a follow on. Except of course for telling chaz bolden to crank up the muzzie outreach for all the contributions that i-slam made to our tech advances. Lucky the russkies are “letting” us buy engines from them huh?
“NASA has the ability to drop the ISS into the Pacific Ocean any time they want to.”
I doubt that very much...
I reminded of the movie 2010.
Keep an eye on Jupiter.
Not to mention it would really piss of the few allies we have left who have put billions of dollars into it themselves.
That said it does have limited mobility. It was repositioned for the launch of the Soyuz capsule yesterday. It could be nudged into a lower orbit that would speed decay but its pointless anyway because its an idiotic idea.
They went farther than that, they said they are joining into an agreement with China to build a new “International Space Station” that will exclude the West...
Meaningless drivel. Although we are dependent now on the Russians for access to the station, by 2020, we will have some type of domestic transport in place (SpaceX, Boeing and Sierra Nevada are all working on vehicles for crew transport to and from ISS). As for the RD-180, we already have about 70 of those stockpiled here in the USA, so there are enough engines for Atlas launches for the foreseeable future.
"One man with courage makes a majority."
~ Andrew Jackson
Just don’t cut off the cheap ammo!
Give them three days to get everyone off the station, and then kill it.
What is the purpose of the space station? What benefits have we realized?
International love and cooperation....and rainbows.
This is a good thing. It was gullible beyond belief to trust the Russians with anything. They are miserable louts and never abide by any agreements they sign.
And this is penny ante stuff. NATO could ban their ships from using NATO ports in the Baltic Sea.
Why would you doubt that? NASA put it there and NASA maintains its orientation and stability. NASA has full control of every major operation and system aboard it. I doubt they would, but the ability is there.